- Our Eco & Ethical Symbols
Our Eco & Ethical Symbols
Shop by Eco & Ethic Label
To help you decide on which gorgeous gifts have the right eco & ethical credentials for you, Ecobella has created Eco-Symbols™ - key labels for all our products throughout this website. All our products meet at least one important criterion; most meet more than one.
Why locally made?
It is great to use the use the talents and skills of Australians, and support local businesses. Buying locally also reduces our carbon footprint.
We support our local Australian designers and artisans, bringing their beautiful unique products to you. We love the time and care taken in producing unique pieces the special someone our lives. We also support overseas artisans and crafts people who use their skills to create products that generate livelihoods for local people.
What is organic?
Organic products are grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals or fertilizers. The method of farming and production is increasingly being recognised as being on the leading edge of food and fibre technology.
What does certified organic mean?
Organic certification requires an organic certifying group to check the methods used by a business to ensure that they meet with national or international standards for organic farming and processing. For instance, Global Organic Textile Standard certifies organic cotton.
What is organic cotton?
Organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides, insecticides and synthetic fertilisers. Organic cotton is grown sustainably in countries like India. Here, cotton is viable to be grown on small plots using labour intensive practices like hand weeding and hand picking.
What are Sustainable Resources?
Simply, sustainable resources are raw materials which can be renewed, usually at the same rate as the materials are used up. Sustainable resources include fast growing bamboo and plantation trees managed.
What buy hemp and bamboo products?
Bamboo is an abundant, fast growing and sustainable fibre. It needs little water to grow. Pesticides and fertilizers are not used to grow bamboo. It also has anti-bacterial properties that inhibit body odour. Its natural softness and absorbency makes it great for baby’s skin.
These are products that try to find items that minimise our impact upon the planet. Some products may be organic, yet have not yet been certified, and so we label them Natural.
Some products, such as 100% cotton may be produced with fertilisers to increase yield, an unfavourable practice for the planet. But wearing 100% cotton allows your skin to breathe, is strong, hypoallergenic and a better choice to synthetic materials which are products of chemicals and plastics.
We prefer organic over natural, but natural over synthetic in all our products. Our natural products are often made locally in Australia, which we love!
What is recycled?
Recycled products are made from materials that had a previous use. This does not affect the quality of the product, and instead helps reduce land fill and the use of unsustainable materials. Longevity is the ultimate eco quality in a product, and recycled products extend the life of the original raw materials.
What is Upcycled?
Upcycled is a term given to recycling, but usually using materials in their current state instead of melting down or pulverising them into their original raw material state. Examples of upcycling could be jewellery made from antique glass beads, or soft toys made from old woollen blankets. Upcycled items are often hand crafted, and are therefore unique.
What can be recycled?
Many of products and materials can be recycled at the end of their life. Some common recyclable materials include cardboard, paper, aluminium, steel, some plastics and components of electrical goods. You you can - reuse, reduce waste and recycle.
What is fair trade?
Fair trade means a fair price for producers. Products that claim fair trade should also be sweatshop free, enhance social, economic and environmental development, and emphasise the idea or long-term trading relationships. Fair trade certification is essential.
What are Socially Responsible practices?
We see socially responsible businesses as those who maintain an ethical balance between the economy, community and the ecosystem in which they are based. For example, employing highly skilled women and providing them with access to health and child care in their local area. Ecobella is proud to support businesses who are socially reponsible.
How do we care in our business?
In the day-to-day running of our store and office, we recycle paper products, plastic, glass, and aluminium. We use Green Energy options that do not generate any greenhouse gases. We try to reuse refill printer cartridges. We use energy-saving lighting systems wherever possible.